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Half Term Happenings!

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If you’re aiming to visit Bath over the upcoming Half Term holidays, and are looking for some fun things to do with your children, not just the usual museums, then we’ve got a few suggestions for you.

Go Medieval mad this February with the unique Ora Et Labora. Not only do they sell products exclusively made my monastic communities around the world, have sampling suppers and now Lunchtime platters for everyone to enjoy; but from Monday 16th to Friday 20th February your kids can step back in time and enjoy a range of craft activities from candle making and brass rubbing to quill and ink writing and learning apothecary skills. Cost: £2.50 per child. No booking required.

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If they haven’t had enough of medieval life then Bath Abbey is running a “Day in the Life of a Monk” on Tuesday 17th February, where from 10.45am to 2.30pm children will have a chance to enjoy a range of activities, dress up as a monk and even meet a real-life Benedictine Monk from Downside Abbey in Somerset! Bring a packed lunch to enjoy in the surroundings of the Abbey. Booking is essential and costs £5 per child.

If you want your little ones to get green fingered and enjoy the fresh air then grab the wellies and head on over to some of the National Trust owned parks in and nearby Bath this holiday. At Dyrham Park you can join in with the Spring bulb planting, from 2-3pm from Monday 16th to Friday 20th February. What a wonderful sense of satisfaction for all to return later on in the year to see your hard work blooming. If you don’t want to get so “hands on” then on Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th February you can join a guided discovery tour around the more wilder parts of the parkland, with pond dipping and bug hunting to enjoy. There is also the chance to feed the Deer until March too.

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The Bath Skyline walk is always a popular option when the weather is lovely, and a great way to tire the kids out with plenty of fresh air and hills! Prior Park has free activities for children (normal admission fee applies for entry to Park) based on traditional English customs, and working with local artists. Your children can enjoy Greenman workshops, tree dressing and magical trails through the Park.

Talking of traditional English customs, on Tuesday 17th February it’s Pancake Day! Otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday, in the Christian calendar it signifies the last day before the 40 days of Lent leading up to Easter. Traditionally a time to use up all your excess food before the time of self-restraint; in England, Pancake Day now sees perfectly sane people run up and down streets, gardens and roads with a frying pan frantically flipping a batter mix! Bath is no exception and it’s that time again for Bath’s Flipping Pancake Race, organised by Fringe Arts Bath. Taking place in the Abbey Courtyard on Tuesday 17th, both children and adults can join in the fun or simply cheer on the competitors. All money raised is going to Food Cycle, a charity that aims to reduce food waste and food poverty in the U.K.

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During Half Term another important celebration takes place – that of the Chinese New Year. Thursday 19th February sees the Year of the Horse ride off into the sunset and the Year of the Sheep make its way to the forefront. The Museum of East Asian Art will be holding its Annual “Lunar New Year Extravaganza” on Sunday 22nd February, at the Assembly Rooms in Bath. This free event is a fantastic family attraction, and everyone can enjoy a day of entertainment, arts and crafts, and dance spectaculars. It’s certainly not an event to be missed!

For further ideas of what to do and where to take your kids this Half Term, take a look at Visit Bath. There’s plenty on at the Museums and Art Galleries, plus other great suggestions to keep everyone happy and having fun. If you’re celebrating the Lunar New Year, we wish you a very “Gong Hey Fat Choy/Gong Xi Fa Cai”, plus, we hope that everyone enjoys the Half Term!

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Bath Abbey

For those of you who love amazing architecture and a good bit of culture, you’ll find Bath Abbey a wonderful place to visit. With its honey like gold stone and amazing stained windows the Abbey is a must-visit place for just about anyone.

Interestingly there have been three churches on the site of the Abbey but in 1499 the current Abbey was founded and it still stands proud today. With its host of angels that are said to be ascending and descending, the West front is magnificent and is a great welcome to all who visit the Abbey.

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In 1864 to 1874 Sir George Gilbert Scott transformed the interior of the abbey so it was more to his taste. Visitors to the Abbey can wonder at the Victorian Gothic architecture in all its glory and learn how different the interior looks compared to when the Abbey was first built. Fans of architecture will come across many different styles through-out the Abbey and it’s perhaps something which makes this wonderful building as unique and special as it is.

But, you don’t have to just take a stroll around the Abbey and grounds hoping to learn about its history, you can in fact take part in a tour.

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More and more people are now deciding to take part in one of the tours available. Granted there is a fee, but it’s well worth it as you’ll get to see sights you would have missed otherwise. Get a behind the scenes with a tour and spend just under one hour seeing the Abbey from a whole new perspective.

If you happened to be on one of the many Spa breaks in bathyou’ll no doubt want to make the most of your time here. This is where one of the Abbey tours will make your trip a little more special. Climb the 212 steps to the tower and enjoy the wonderful view from the very top. Don’t worry, you will have a chance to rest on your climb up!

Once you have reached the top of the tower you will have some truly magnificent views that not everyone has the sheer pleasure of seeing. If you want to make your tour a little more special, you might want to think about booking a Romantic Tour with your other half. Here you will have your very own tour guide who will talk you through the wonderful and exciting history and you’ll even have the pleasure of a glass of bubbly each too.

Please note: Tour numbers may be limited, and there will be a charge for each tour.

Events and Services

Through-out the year services, exhibitions and many other events take place in the Abbey and its grounds. This helps to keep Bath Abbey alive and in touch with the local community. Each of these events help to secure the future of one of Britain’s best loved Abbey’s and preserves it for the enjoyment of future generations and visitors from all over the globe.

Discover Bath Abbey

There are all kinds of live music venues throughout the bustling city of Bath, but make sure you don’t overlook one of its most unique – Bath Abbey. The historic abbey prides itself on its efforts to deliver live performances throughout the year, and it remains one of the city’s most popular places to enjoy uplifting song and music.
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Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey is a beautiful and magnificent building that dates back to the 15th century. It was on this site that history was repeatedly made and the incredible fan vaulting was constructed. Not only will you have the opportunity to take a walk around the Abbey, but you will also have the chance to visit the Heritage Vaults Museum that can be accessed from the southern side.
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